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BET Statement – Petra Nova Project Ribbon Cutting

AUSTIN, TX – Michael Nasi, General Counsel of Balanced Energy for Texas, issued the following statement regarding today’s official ribbon cutting at the first large scale U.S. “clean coal” facility: “Today’s ribbon cutting at Petra Nova, the largest post-combustion carbon capture project in the world, celebrates a tremendous accomplishment in the development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology.” “The significance of CCUS technology cannot be overstated. Given that over 1.3 billion people worldwide are without access to electricity, the world will continue to use coal – the most abundant, reliable and affordable source of energy – to lift people out of energy poverty in the developing world. In order to hedge against the risk that carbon dioxide will need to be mitigated worldwide over the coming decades, the successful deployment of CCUS technology by Petra Nova moves us closer to the ability to both address the carbon issue and meet global energy needs.” “Based in Texas and facilitated by a public-private partnership, this project is symbolic of Texas’ role as an energy leader. Governor Greg Abbott and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, with whom we partnered during his 14 years as Governor of Texas, understand the great potential of projects like Petra Nova to develop technology that improves lives with markets, not mandates.” To view photos of the project, please visit NRG’s photo gallery: http://www.nrg.com/generation/projects/petra-nova/.

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BET Statement Regarding President Trump’s Energy Independence Executive Order

AUSTIN, TX – Michael Nasi, General Counsel of Balanced Energy for Texas, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order to “revise or rescind” the Clean Power Plan: “President Trump’s “Energy Independence Executive Order” which, among other things, announces the coming end to the Clean Power Plan (CPP), is a crucial win for Texas and the nation. An illegal attempt to force states to accommodate an idealogical environmental agenda, the CPP represented federal overreach at its worst, threatening to destabilize the Texas electricity market, impose a heavy burden on ratepayers, negatively affect the economy and undermine states’ control of their own electricity generation markets. It was all pain for virtually no environmental gain.” “Balanced Energy for Texas looks forward to supporting the Trump Administration’s efforts to protect affordable and reliable electricity and to promote legitimate “All of the Above” energy policies that protect and promote our state’s leading role in energy and economic development.” ###

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U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Praises President Trump’s Commitment to Making Regulatory Relief and Energy Security a Top Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on President Trump’s Energy Independence executive order: “America got good news today when President Trump took bold steps to make regulatory relief and energy security a top priority. American energy resources give us a competitive advantage in the global economy, and the president’s effort to capitalize on those resources is vital to stimulating economic growth. These executive actions are a welcome departure from the previous administration’s strategy of making energy more expensive through costly, job-killing regulations that choked our economy.

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AG Paxton Leads 19-State Coalition Urging EPA to End Systematic Federal Overreach

In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 16 other state attorneys general, and the governors of Kentucky and Mississippi today called for an end to the federal overreach that characterized the EPA’s unlawful regulatory actions during the Obama-era. “For the last eight years, politics, not law, drove the shape and character of this country’s environmental regulations,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA now has the opportunity to correct that error under the leadership of Administrator Pruitt. We therefore invite the agency to turn away from its recent practices and bring its rulemaking back into compliance with the very statutes from which it derives its authority. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly affirm that the states have the primary responsibility to care for the environment. It is about time the EPA respected that role.”

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U.S. Senate confirms Rick Perry as Trump’s energy secretary

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved the confirmation of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the Department of Energy on Thursday. The vote was 62-37, and included the support of both Texans in the chamber, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Perry will now take over the very department he famously forgot during a presidential debate in 2011 while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.

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New EPA chief stresses cooperation with state officials

It is unusual for the new leader of a federal agency to have sued the very agency that he now heads, but, that’s exactly what happened when President Trump nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, former attorney general for Oklahoma, has participated in several lawsuits against EPA, the Department of Interior, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a variety of issues implemented by the Obama administration. Those issues included changes to air emissions, expansion of water regulation, “sue and settle” agreements between federal regulators and environmental groups, and the Endangered Species Act.

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W.Va. leaders praise Pruitt’s confirmation as new EPA chief

WASHINGTON – West Virginia leaders are hailing the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, formerly Oklahoma’s attorney general, was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 17 with a 52-46 vote. He replaces Gina McCarthy.

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Scott Pruitt’s Back-to-Basics Agenda for the EPA

Republican presidents tend to nominate one of two types of administrator to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The first is the centrist—think Christie Todd Whitman (2001-03)—who might be equally at home in a Democratic administration. The other is the fierce conservative—think Anne Gorsuch (1981-83)—who views the agency in a hostile light. Scott Pruitt, whom the Senate confirmed Friday, 52-46, doesn’t fit either mold. His focus is neither expanding nor reducing regulation. “There is no reason why EPA’s role should ebb or flow based on a particular administration, or a particular administrator,” he says. “Agencies exist to administer the law. Congress passes statutes, and those statutes are very clear on the job EPA has to do. We’re going to do that job.” You might call him an EPA originalist.

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Coal leading energy source for Texas in January

Coal was the top power source for Texas in January, a spot typically held by natural gas, according to data compiled last week by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees power for most of the state. Natural gas prices rose in January, after they were the lowest they had been since 1999. Rising natural gas prices pushed coal use up around the country at the start of 2017, even though 2016 was the first year that coal dropped to the number two energy spot in the U.S.

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EIA: Without Clean Power Plan, coal will regain top spot in generation mix

Dive Brief: Coal-fired power is expected to regain its place at the top of the U.S. generation mix in 2019 if the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is repealed, the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted Tuesday. While low fuel prices helped natural gas generation outpace coal power last year, the agency forecasts in its annual report that coal could retake the top spot by 2019 and hold its position into the 2030s if the carbon regulations for existing power plants are repealed.

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